Pain and suffering exist in our world. This is hard to accept for so many of us—especially those who believe that God’s Plan is guiding our existences. One of the first “big” questions in my life came as I watched children starving in Ethiopia as a child—and I asked my grandmother how God could allow it. She answered simply, “He has a Plan—and everything happens by His Will.” It just didn’t seem fair. It just didn’t seem right that a just and loving God would allow such things in His world.When I was recently offered the opportunity to review UNSTOPPABLE, a film from Kirk Cameron, that sought to investigate pain and suffering—and faith—I welcomed it, as my own girls are beginning to question God’s Plan as they see so many awful things in the world around us. We have also been given an extra copy of Unstoppable to offer as a giveaway to one of our readers—so, please enter to win a copy via the Rafflecopter form at the end of this post.
We received a complimentary copy of this DVD for use in our review. All comments and opinions are our own.
About UNSTOPPABLE.UNSTOPPABLEwas inspired by the death of Kirk Cameron’s close friend who succumbed to cancer at the age of 15. Cameron takes viewers on an inspiring and hope-filled visual journey to better understand the biggest doubt-raising question in faith: “Where is God in the midst of tragedy and suffering?”
Going back to the beginning—literally—Kirk investigates the origins of good and evil and how they impact our lives … and our eternities. UNSTOPPABLE will prompt audiences to consider the role that pain and suffering has in our lives, as they affirm their personal views on faith, and encourage conversation starters about God, suffering, and hope.
In theaters for only two weeknights (Sept 24th and Oct 3th, 2013), UNSTOPPABLE: A Live Event with Kirk Cameron sold a staggering 260,000 tickets and reached a theatrical gross of over $3.2 million dollars. In just two nights this independent project sent a loud message – audiences want thought-provoking and meaningful entertainment.
What did my family think of UNSTOPPABLE? This film serves a valid purpose as a reminder to Christians struggling with faith through difficult times—and it does open the door for families to discuss God’s Plan and acceptance of life's events that we struggle to understand. However, I do not think that UNSTOPPABLE will help skeptics or sway those who have lost faith. We viewed as a family. I have read reviewers that put almost a PG-13 rating on this film. I have two intelligent, aware, preteen daughters that hear about less than PG/G-Rated life on a daily basis. We didn’t find this film inappropriate for them—we did find (as with many movies that we watch) that they needed to discuss the scenes with us. That was our goal—and, after talking to them, I felt that they had a better understanding of Faith—and God’s Plan—than they would have without seeing the film in conjunction with our conversations.
Would I recommend UNSTOPPABLE? I grew up with Kirk Cameron and Growing Pains—and I doubted the value of this film at first. What could he possibly answer for me? In the end, I don’t think it was his “answers”—but, his reminders that resonated and helped my family better accept God’s Will and His Plan. As I said, this film is not going to convert or reform doubters—but, it helps those who believe to reaffirm faith when times are tough and tragedy strikes.
About Kirk Cameron. Kirk Cameron is best known for his memorable role as “Mike Seaver,” a cultural icon of the 80's, with his mullet hairstyle, cool glasses, and wisecracking comebacks. More recently he enjoyed much success with the No. 1 grossing inspirational film of 2008, Fireproof, and his recent documentary, Monumental. Kirk and his wife, Chelsea, were on-screen sweethearts during their Growing Pains years and are the founders of Camp Firefly, where terminally and seriously ill children and their families are provided an all-expense paid retreat (www.CampFirefly.com). Together, Kirk and Chelsea live in California with their six children.
About Provident Films. Provident Films, a division of Sony Music Entertainment, produces, markets, and distributes faith-based films. The company is part of Nashville-based Provident Music Group, which has been one of the world’s leading Christian entertainment companies for more than three decades. Films from the company have included Courageous, October Baby, Fireproof, and Facing the Giants. More info is available at ProvidentFilms.org.
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